explorations in color and design

explorations in color and design

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Hidden Hearts II



I knew I'd be compelled to add color to the Zentangle in my previous post, and I was. Nice to look at on a cloudy day.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Hidden Hearts


This zentangle was inspired by two little books I recently bought- Zentangle Basics, and Zentangle 2, both by Suzanne McNeill of Design Originals. Zentangle is a kind of structured doodling, using 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 squares of paper. They're usually done in black ink, although I love to scan them into Photoshop and add color (of course). I'm getting more into the "zen" aspect of this type of art; I find that I usually feel very peaceful after a zentangle session!


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Passover!





For those of you celebrating Passover next week, I hope your holiday is full of love, family, friends, memories, and good food. Here's a two-page journal spread I did a couple of years ago for Artful Journaling class. The first page shows a 1940's photo of my mother's family (the Harry and Beckie Fox family of Baltimore, MD) at one of their legendary Seders. The second page has a circle constructed of decorative paper; each section has a Passover-related word on the top, and opens to show a member of my family. This holiday has a bittersweet theme (the freeing of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery), and it's certainly bittersweet for me. It makes me think of all of my relatives who are gone, who sat around Seder tables with me since I was very small. I'll especially miss my Dad this year; the journal pages above were created just after his last Passover-- a few weeks before he passed away. But other family members (including Ryan --coming in from Austin!) will be here at my table with me. And we'll be visiting more relatives to share a meal during the holiday.

So, I am doing what many Jewish women are doing at this time of year: cooking, cleaning, running to the store for forgotten items, organizing, remembering, and looking forward as well.

Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Birthday Card



This is the front of a birthday card I just made for a friend (who won't be reading this because she doesn't have a computer, imagine that!). It's a digital collage I created using a scan of part of my "rainforest" collage (shown in a February posting), and some butterfly and flower images available free on the Internet for artistic use.


Monday, March 15, 2010

An Early Spring


view from our hotel room


flowers outside our hotel


a Riverwalk scene


On this gray, chilly day, I thought I'd share some of the photos I took in San Antonio. Warm breezes, bright flowers, noisy birds, rippling water, and palm trees chased away my memories of a blizzard-filled winter. I'm trying hard to keep these images in my mind until our spring finally arrives.




Sunday, March 14, 2010

Everything's Bigger in Texas!



We just got back from San Antonio and Austin. Texans are really really proud of their State. The hotel breakfast buffet had make-your-own waffles in the shape of...guess what?

Saturday, March 6, 2010

16-Page Alphabet Journal, continued







Here are a few more pages from the 16-page "alphabet" journal I made several weeks ago (referred to in a previous post).